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O'Donnell: Napalm Is America's 'Cheapest Weapon of Mass Destruction' (TEXT and VIDEO)


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: war, napalm, weapons of mass destruction, U.S., Americans, military, government, ethics, politics, dishonesty, media )

Carrie
- 472 days ago - rawstory.com
On The Last Word, Laurence O'Donnell undermined the American case that we are "on the right side of the red line on chemical weapons" by presenting a short history of napalm and its deployment in American warfare.



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Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 4:03 pm
Noted. Good for Laurence O'Donnell setting the record straight!
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:08 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 8:59 pm
Good reminder--thanks Carrie!
 

John Gregoire (264)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 4:47 am
Napalm is nomlonger used by US Forces. Larry never was too up to date, or accurate..
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 5:07 am
Johnny boy, if you were paying attention you would apologize for your lies.

Anyone notice that the link is to wingnut NewsMax. Check out the insane topics there. I'm amazed that they put up a story that folks like John G don't like, meaning a factual post.
 

Dawn Barler (5)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 6:17 am
Ok.. YES, it is true that the use of napalm was banned but only against "concentrations of civilians" under Protocol III of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. It is also true that 106 countries have signed that agreement. HOWEVER the USA did NOT sign that agreement until January 21, 2009 (Obama's first day in office). The USA and all 106 of those signing countries retain the right to use napalm on solders during war. Also the American ratification is subject to a diplomatic reservation that says it can disregard the treaty at its discretion if doing so would save civilian lives. So even though Protocol III has been around for a long time the USA was not part of that until Obama signed. We have stores of napalm and YES I fully believe that we will use it again. Even if this President is against it who is to say those that follow won't be. I'm sorry but the USA has used and retains the right to use chemical weapons. This article addresses the hypocrisy of us telling other countries not to use those same chemical weapons. Don't believe what I say go look up the information for yourself. It's not a secret.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:03 am
Pertinent & timely reminder. Thank you for introducing me to Laurence O'Donnell, Carrie! Thank you posting for this important video in which O'Donnell says -with force, passion & devastating detail that are much more affecting than the article!- a lot more than what is written up in the short text summary...

...Like the US using napalm on Japan & Germany (half the bombs dropped on Dresden, for example, were napalm bombs) during in WWII, which I didn't know about. The Germans had to invent a new term to name what they were experiencing, a 25-letter word that means "firebomb-shrunken flesh." 40% of the land area of Japanese cities that napalm was dropped on was burned -- & that was before the atom bombs!

He gives the figures of the enormous quanities of napalm used since WWII: in Korea -250,000 lbs/day!- & 400,000 TONS in Vietnam, on Korean and Vietnamese civilians, babies, women, children, the elderly, not to mention animals!

“We invented napalm - 'with its ability to penetrate into the musculature and continue burning day after day'-and we’ve used more of it than anyone else in the world.” Napalm eats into the skin, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, and attaches itself to flesh in a way that is impossible to remove:
can we imagine any greater agony to inflict on other human beings????

O’Donnell retells the story of Kim Phuc, 9 years old at the time, known as the “napalm girl” from the famous Vietnam War photo, which is shown on the screen, and how she spent more than a year recovering in an American hospital, where, he says, she had 17 operations. I saw a documentary about her on French TV, made years later when Kim was living in Canada, where she defected, & had become a mother, where we learned of more operations & more suffering; the pain had never ended! (YouTube: "Kim's Story - The Road from Vietnam")

...Such as explaining that there are more “excruciating” ways to die in Syria than by sarin gas: “Syrians can take days to die from gunshots…Syrians can lose parts of their bodies to a traditional bomb and take days or weeks to die without access to any form of painkiller,” he said. “Stab wounds could leave you clinging to life in excruciating pain for a much longer time than sarin gas.”

Please WATCH this video - it's in a small frame, you have to scroll down a bit; I didn't even notice it at first!
Here it is big screen on MSNBC

Thank you, Laurence O'Donnell! You have done a great public service in telling this terrible story!
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:08 am
Thanks, Carrie, for this posting. We do not get to see O'Donnell in Europe, but I wish we could. I really admire his razor sharp analyses and his daring to touch on of delicate subjects such as napalm and the use of other chemical weapons by America.

By the way, on August 30 British journalists reported on a school bombed from a plane with a substance that was very similar to napalm. Ten schoolchildren were killed, many more were horrifically burnt by a substance that stuck to the skin and kept on burning. The British called for an investigation, but the whole incident has been swept away by the attacks with Sarin, so nothing will come of that.
For more information: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/30/syria-napalm-dropped-school-playground-bbc
 

. (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 7:32 am
That's terrible! Thanks for sharing, Carrie.
 
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